Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Charles W. and Sally Rothfeld Fellowship

Research Topic

A Prison and an Escape: Photographs of Jewish Homes in Nazi Germany


Ofer Ashkenazi is a professor of history as well as director of the Richard Koebner-Minerva Center for German History, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His current focus is on the photography of the home between the years 1928 and 1938. Based on archival work completed in Germany, Israel, and the United States, his research seeks to shed light on otherwise unuttered, or under-examined, perceptions of Jewish domestic experiences under Nazism.

Ashkenazi received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the Technical University of Berlin.

Selected publications

  • Anti-Heimat Cinema: The Invention of the German Landscape by Jewish Filmmakers, 1918-1968 (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming)
  • Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity (Palgrave-McMillan, 2012)



Devoted to the home, and seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life.